THE 4TH & FINALE

Block Party 2009
Words by Alan Ng
Photography by Jarvis Ho

On Sunday September 13, 2009, it’s the party of the year once again. LIVE BLOCK PARTY 2009 is the 4th and final installment of one of the biggest street culture event of the city. The justalilhype! Crew went to the event bright and early and got to experience the big bang one last time. From setting up the table DJ booth to the skate ramp, people were there bright and early at work. The DJs started spinning as soon as the table was up and skaters were already doing tricks along the road. The atmosphere was pure street. People were enjoying their weekends as usual but we would constantly see people that stop by and ask: “Why is there a skate ramp there?” or “What’s that fresh track playing on the 1s and 2s?”
The workers staged the block, the skaters and DJs set the party. Featuring DJs from various styles and backgrounds, the music was fresh. The list of DJs included: FASHEN (DECKSTAR), HEDSPIN (EH! TEAM DJ’S), FLIPOUT (THOSE MF’S), RICO UNO (THE FRESHEST), MARVEL (THE FRESHEST), MY! GAY! HUSBAND! (BLASTRAMP) and AGE (PROPER). Food was catered by Guu, a well known Japanese izakaya located in various hotspots of Vancouver. Not only did they cater their special BBQ snacks, but they also promoted their RAMUNE soda pop bottles, along with handing out chopsticks as souvenirs to those who attended the party.
FOOD was GUU’D – a nice transition to the average burgers and hot dogs catering in the regular street parties. The highlights of  BLOCK PARTY is most definitely the Tail Tapas’ Mini Ramp Jam & Competition, where éS brought in the four foot mini ramp, and gave out cash to the best skaters in the block! Then GMAN and RZIK took the mic and hosted the “WHO’S THE BEST ON THE BLOCK B-BOY/B-GIRL/FREESTYLE DANCE JAM-CONTEST”. The open format contest went on for over an hour and it was tight. Dancers jumped in from different cultural aspects of Vancouver and the dance attracted a huge mob of viewers. With laughter and music along the whole block of Abbott Street, BLOCK PARTY successfully lit up the Block, inputting life into one small area stretched across Gastown. This once-a-year event not only sets up a meet up for DJs, break dancers and skaters, but also celebrates the essence of Vancouver street HYPE.

On Sunday September 13, 2009, it’s the party of the year once again. LIVE BLOCK PARTY 2009 is the 4th and final installment of one of the biggest street culture event of the city. The justalilhype! Crew went to the event bright and early and got to experience the big bang one last time. From setting up the table DJ booth to the skate ramp, people were there bright and early at work. The DJs started spinning as soon as the table was up and skaters were already doing tricks along the road. The atmosphere was pure street. People were enjoying their weekends as usual but we would constantly see people that stop by and ask: “Why is there a skate ramp there?” or “What’s that fresh track playing on the 1s and 2s?”

The workers staged the block, the skaters and DJs set the party. Featuring DJs from various styles and backgrounds, the music was fresh. The list of DJs included: FASHEN (DECKSTAR), HEDSPIN (EH! TEAM DJ’S), FLIPOUT (THOSE MF’S), RICO UNO (THE FRESHEST), MARVEL (THE FRESHEST), MY! GAY! HUSBAND! (BLASTRAMP) and AGE (PROPER). Food was catered by Guu, a well known Japanese izakaya located in various hotspots of Vancouver. Not only did they cater their special BBQ snacks, but they also promoted their RAMUNE soda pop bottles, along with handing out chopsticks as souvenirs to those who attended the party.

FOOD was GUU’D – a nice transition to the average burgers and hot dogs catering in the regular street parties. The highlights of  BLOCK PARTY is most definitely the Tail Tapas’ Mini Ramp Jam & Competition, where éS brought in the four foot mini ramp, and gave out cash to the best skaters in the block! Then GMAN and RZIK took the mic and hosted the “WHO’S THE BEST ON THE BLOCK B-BOY/B-GIRL/FREESTYLE DANCE JAM-CONTEST”. The open format contest went on for over an hour and it was tight. Dancers jumped in from different cultural aspects of Vancouver and the dance attracted a huge mob of viewers. With laughter and music along the whole block of Abbott Street, BLOCK PARTY successfully lit up the Block, inputting life into one small area stretched across Gastown. This once-a-year event not only sets up a meet up for DJs, break dancers and skaters, but also celebrates the essence of Vancouver street HYPE.